A California teaching assistant is being called a hero after rescuing a student from a man who she believed was attempting to kidnap the child.
It all unfolded as Sandra Ferguson was on her way to Sutter Elementary School in Antioch, California, on Friday, when she noticed something curious: an 11-year-old student from her school was inside of a car with an individual whom she had not seen before, the Daily Mail reported.
Feeling uneasy about what she observed, Ferguson acted quick to pull her car in front of the man’s vehicle so as to block him from driving away.
“I said, ‘Sweetheart, is that your dad?’ She said, ‘No he’s a friend.’ I said, ‘No, he’s not your friend!'” Ferguson told KGO-TV. “I put my car in front of his and blocked him in. I told her, ‘You get out of that truck right now!'”
Ferguson called the police, with her quick actions reportedly protecting the child from potential kidnapping. Sutter Elementary School principal Debra Harrington later dubbed Ferguson a “guardian angel.”
Police claim that the child was walking to school when she was lured over to the vehicle by Santiago Salazar, 51, who allegedly pulled her inside.
“It was kind of like a superwoman power thing,” Ferguson told KGO-TV. “I can’t believe it did that!”
Salazar was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, the outlet reported.
(H/T: Daily Mail)
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